This year’s opening day was certainly one to remember. After suffering through a painfully dry preseason, the Snow Gods rewarded us generously just in the nick of time. Rarely do you get to ski Baldy Shoulder on opening day let alone all shots off of the High T.
Crowds weren’t too bad helping to keep fresh turns around well into the afternoon. High Boy and Baldy Shoulder were my highlights of the day but really now matter where you skied today you were treated with soft fluffy turns.
A big thanks to the Alta Ski Patrol for their hard work getting so much terrain open on day 1. The forecast looks great again with another storm predicted to hit Monday. Welcome to Winter!
Alta’s opening day for the 2015-2016 season was better than expected. With only a 22″ base skiing off piste seemed sketchy. Fortunately the 3″ of dense graupel that fell last night made most open areas skiable.
Baldy Shoulder is filling in nicely with plenty of clean lines to be had. Runs off of Wild Cat are a little rocky down low but not bad up high in Punch Bowl and Warm Up. Tower 10 and the High T still have a ways to go but hopefully after our Thanksgiving storm we’ll be skiing everywhere. Get some this weekend!
Alta’s opening day for the 2014-2015 season wasn’t half bad considering our dismal 14″ base. There wasn’t much open but you could still find some stashes here and there. Collins, Wild Cat, and Sunnyside lifts were all running with access into the Sugarloaf area, Warm Up and multiple Collins groomers. The Sugarloaf groomer was skiing great as no one was bothering to go back there and Low Boy had plenty of leftover soft turns to milk.
Crowds were non-existent and the weather was beautiful. Tomorrow our big weekend storm moves in and it should help patrol get some new areas open. Keep doing your snow dance!
Alta’s 75th Anniversary season kicked off this morning with plenty to write home about. Alta Ski Patrol opened all of their lifts, besides Supreme and Cecret, and even better opened most of their terrain. Considering that the High T didn’t open until January 26th last season, having it open on day one felt pretty good. There were still plenty of rocks around but with the creamy smooth snow conditions it was hard to complain. Baldy Shoulder and Ballroom skied extremely well especially if you ventured further out and braved the rocky section of the traverse. Thirds skied equally well minus the more noticeable rocky sections. High Boy was decent down low but the upper section was completely ruined by a slide that went pretty much down to the rock. Overall it was a fantastic opening to the 2012-2013 Alta ski season and with more snow on the way we’ll be trading out our rock skis in no time.
Welcome to the 2011-2012 skis season! Alta opened last Friday, November 18th, and we were lucky enough to have about a foot of snow dropped on the mountain for the first saturday of the year. I enjoyed my first lift assisted face shot yesterday and can’t wait to get some more. But let’s try to keep the excitement in check until the base gets a little deeper. It’s pretty bony out there so please choose your lines carefully. It may be a while until the next storm cycle, so I hope everyone enjoys the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and keeps praying for more snow!
It’s official. Alta’s lifts are now open for the 2010-2011 season. While opening day had some of the flattest light imaginable, the snow was still creamy and the coverage was suprisingly good for a roughly 40″ base.
It was obviously not the best day for filming, but it was still a great start to the season. Stay tuned, as there is plenty of powder on the way and it looks like it will be a very white Thanksgiving.